Cisco Cease Development of ACE Load Balancing Solution Line

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As the news breaks that Cisco are to cease development of their Application Control Engine (ACE) products, Greg Howett, CEO of jetNEXUS comments on the death of the load balancer and the reign of the Application Delivery Controller.

jetNEXUS Announce Cisco Competitive Upgrade Program

jetNEXUS Announce Cisco ACE Competitive Upgrade Program

jetNEXUS, a leading provider of next generation load balancing and Application Delivery Control (ADC) technology has today responded to the news that Cisco is ending the development of its Application Control Engine (ACE) load balancer by announcing its Cisco competitive upgrade program.

“These developments have been widely predicted by industry insiders,” says Greg Howett, CEO, jetNEXUS. “For a while now Cisco has chosen not to push on with developing feature advancements for the ACE solution line, and this has inevitably led to more advanced enterprise ADCs dominating them in the market.”

“It’s not as though Cisco is the first vendor to drop out of this space” continues Howett “and this move will be familiar to all those who remember Juniper calling time on their DX product range (formally known as Redline Networks.)”

The evolution of the load balancer from a simple Layer4 switch to more advanced Application Delivery Controller solutions has been widely documented by industry analysts such as Gartner, who predicted this trend in their aptly named paper ‘Load Balancers Are Dead: Time to Focus on Application Delivery’ .

Howett continues “Today ADCs are a key component in enterprise application deployments, delivering a range of performance-enhancing features including SSL Offload, Content Caching, Connection Management Content Re-Writing and complex traffic manipulation capabilities. Unfortunately, legacy solutions such as the Cisco ACE have simply proven incapable of meeting increasingly demanding requirements.”

Cisco’s announcement is expected to cause anxiety among existing ACE customers who are now likely to start evaluating their migration options before the product reaches end-of-life.

Howett predicts that many will take this opportunity to consider moving away from dedicated hardware load balancers towards virtual appliances, taking advantage of the associated cost, flexibility and efficiency benefits. With its ALB-X product available as a certified VMware, Hyper-V and Citrix Ready virtual appliance, as well as a powerful hardware solution, jetNEXUS is perfectly placed to help clients accomplish this. jetNEXUS has over 10 years of experience in the application delivery market and is solely focused on developing advanced load balancing and traffic management solutions.

To help users ease the migration from their Cisco ACE appliances to a next-generation load balancer, jetNEXUS has announced an attractive buy-back program in the case of hardware replacements and, for those ACE customers looking to take this opportunity to virtualise their load balancers, jetNEXUS will be offering a second ALB-X virtual appliance free of charge before the end of 2012. In order to minimise disruption, jetNEXUS’ engineering team will handhold existing ACE users through the migration process to ensure a smooth, painless transition. In Howett’s words, “We anticipate that other vendors in this space will see this as an opportunity to milk ACE customers for expensive professional services in order to facilitate the transition from one vendor to another, and that’s not a route we want to go down.”

jetNEXUS has confirmed that they will be honoring their upgrade offer through their existing reseller channel, as well as making it available to new resellers who, in light of recent developments, find themselves with a gap in their load balancing solution portfolio and pipeline.

For more information on the jetNEXUS Competitive Upgrade Program please click here.
For more information on the jetNEXUS Accelerating Load Balancer Extreme please click here.
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